A group of 50 men have been deported from Australia to Sri Lanka, after having been classed as failed asylum seekers.
The recent return of the group of men brings up the total number “involuntarily” returned to 282, since August the 13th alone.
Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen’s office said in a statement,
"Without a valid visa they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity,
"They raised no issues that engaged Australia's international obligations".
He also went on to say that,
"We will continue to regularly transfer illegal migrants to Nauru and shortly to Manus Island."
Australia changed their asylum policy earlier this year to allow the “offshore processing” of asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island, drawing sharp criticism from refugee advocacy groups.